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The African Peace Support Trainers Association (APSTA) was initially founded in 2001, during the inaugural meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, in order to deepen the debate on peacekeeping training. APSTA was formally established in 2002 as the African Chapter of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC), and as a framework for improving the capacity of peacekeeping training institutions by facilitating the exchange of best practices and capacity development support, and for enhancing the impact of peacekeeping initiatives by the African Union (AU) and Regional Economic Communities / Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs). The Articles of Association were articulated in 2003.

APSTA is the independent premier Pan-African association with close working relations with the African Union (AU), notably with the AU Commission and Regional Economic Communities/Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), as well as other regional and international partners and stakeholders, including the IAPTC of which it is its African Chapter.

The APSTA has continuously sought to deepen the debate and efforts towards peacekeeping capacity building in Africa through education, teaching, training, research, and policy implementation support and advocacy that are working in the area of peace and security in the African continent.

APSTA remains a voluntary association with a membership of African centres of excellence, working in peacekeeping and peace support operations capacity building, and whose core activities and functions are the delivery of practical training, research and policy implementation support. The Association’s initial membership has gradually grown and currently has 17 active member institutions drawn from teaching establishments and training centres, and research and policy institutions whose core activities include a focus on the development, operationalisation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), particularly those relating to the provision of Peace Support Operations (PSO) training and rostering, and associated research and policy implementation training-related institutions in Africa. The Association’s member institutions are currently drawn from 12 countries.

APSTA is a non-profit making association founded on the following values: peace & security, Respect for diversity, Pan Africanism, Professionalism, Human Dignity, Apolitical. Read: APSTA Constitution Booklet

  • Peace & security: APSTA undertakes to perform its work with the greater aim of enhancing peaceful coexistence and human security in Africa and the world
  • Respect for diversity: APSTA is committed to all forms of diversity, including colour, culture, education, religion, languages and gender
  • Pan-Africanism: APSTA subscribes to African unity and continental goals and recognises that it is African by identity but universal in outlook, thus open to learning from others as well
  • Professionalism: APSTA will work with staffs that are skilled, well trained and have the right attitude
  • Human dignity: APSTA Subscribes to and supports the UN values concerning human rights and human security
  • Apolitical: APSTA will strive to keep out of politics and its influence, especially in its day-to-day management of its affairs and work
  • Facilitate the ability of peace support training centres to dialogue with each other
  • Facilitate meetings and exchange of information and communication between members in training, research and policy implementation support
  • Facilitate efforts in the harmonisation and standardisation of APSA-related policies, doctrines and Standard Operating Procedures, among others, in order to have a standardised training programme for Peace Support Operations (PSO)
  • Serve as a depository that offers advisory services to the AU (the Commission, the Peace and Security Council and RECs/RMs) on the APSA and other PSO issues
  • Act as a sounding board for the African Union (the Commission, the Peace and Security Council and RECs/RMs) on the APSA and other PSO issues
  • Serve as an instrument for the dissemination of research results, policy reviews and harmonised, standardised training materials, particularly within Africa
  • Standardisation, coordination and certification of peacekeeping training in Africa
  • Development of lessons learned to provide input for the refinement of the AU PSO doctrine and training policy improvement of on-going AU missions
  • Exchange of information, best practices and research for the enhancement of the quality and efficiency of peacekeeping institutions
2015: New APSTA Strategic Plan 2014-2019: English,   French
  • 2001: Delegates to 2001 IAPTC AGM conceived idea of APSTA.
  • 2002: APSTA established during inaugural meeting held in Argentina, as African Chapter of the IAPTC.
  • 2003: Articles of the Association established.
  • 2005: HE Gen A Abdusalaam Abubakar, GCFR, CSN, Former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, appointed first APSTA Patron.
  • 2006: Adoption of APSTA Framework Paper by the 5th APSTA AGM (Accra, 28 August), outlining an ASF Training Support and Coordination Workshop, to familiarise APSTA members with ASF training related work, and the development of a work plan in support of the ASF’s training needs for the 12-24 months period.
  • 2007: AU (PSOD)-APSTA ASF Training Support Coordination workshop (Addis Ababa, April), to familiarise member institutions with ASF training related work, including the report of the ASF Training & Evaluation Workshop, the training needs analysis undertaken in West Africa and the development of a work plan in support of the ASF’s training needs for the next 12-24 months. The outcomes document emphasised the need and importance of harmonising training delivered by member institutions in order to meet the minimum requirements of the AU, predicated on an equally important need for improved collaboration among APSTA member institutions, to share and exchange relevant information and ideas, and minimise duplication in capacity-building efforts.
  • 2008: AU Commission-APSTA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established as a binding legal framework for broad collaboration between the AUC (PSD) and the APSTA, in relation to ASF training support and coordination, and seeking to establish clear channels for AU PSOD to mobilise resources, including funding, in support of APSTA’s involvement and participation in ASF capacity building training. This marked increasing recognition of APSTA in AU policy tools as a key partner.
    Facilitated ASF Police Dimension Workshop (Algiers, Algeria, 18-20 October), involving 46 international participants, including AU PSOD Staff, helping to establish the first AU ASF Police Dimension Policy Framework Guidelines, which has served as the basis for further work towards the operationalisation of the Police component of the ASF.
  • 2009: Facilitated ASF AU Police (AUPOL) Workshop resulting in the development of the AU ASF Formed Police Units (FPU) Policy Framework Guidelines, elaborating the generic Concept of ASF AUPOL FPUs, and subsequently assisting with the revision of the relevant sections of the ASF Doctrine Chapter (Chapter 8) to reflect AU Police content and perspectives.
  • 2010: New Constitution and Strategic Plan 2010-2013 established.
    7th General Meeting (Durban, 18-19 February 2010) decision to reconstitute the APSTA Secretariat as an independent body delinked from any member institution, after a period of one when the ISS would continue to host the Secretariat in Addis Ababa.
    8th General Meeting (Nairobi, 6-7 October) decision on the relocation of the permanent Secretariat to Nairobi in 2011.
  • 2011: Independent APSTA Secretariat relocated to Kenya. Registered as an international non-profit organisation. Two-year British and Canadian funding support agreement signed.
    Initiated a new format of an Annual Conference focusing on learning and education around PSO and other peace and security issues
  • 2012: First policy manual established and AU funding agreement signed.
  • 2012-13: Invited by the AU Commission (PSD), in collaboration with RECs/RMs, as its implementing partner, to conduct ASF Training Needs Assessment (TNA), as articulated in the ASF Roadmap III, to identify multidimensional training needs (military, police and civilian) of ASF personnel, based on doctrine and existing policies, and to develop guidelines for the delivery of courses by African Training Centres (ATCs) at the strategic and operational levels for the ASF.
  • 2013: APSTA Strategic Plan reviewed. Publication of APSTA Annual Reports initiated and institutionalised.
  • 2013-14: Facilitated Civilian Peacekeepers Foundation Workshop (Nairobi, 2-5 December 2013) and the Police Pre-Deployment Training Workshop (Accra, 6-9 May 2014), culminating in the publication and launch of the Revised Harmonised Standards for Civilian Peacekeepers Foundation & Police Pre-Deployment Training Manual in December 2014.
    Also facilitated the Integrated ASF Mission Planning Training Harmonisation and Standardisation Workshop (Harare, 29 September-3 October), the outcome document of which is about to be published.
    Initiated qualitative research on Comprehensive Review of African Conflicts and Regional Interventions (CRACRI).
  • 2014: New policy manual and revised membership guidelines established.
  • 2015: New APSTA Strategic Plan 2014-2019: English,   French
Srl Interim Chair*/President Focal Points Region Period Secretariat/Executive Secretary
1 Gen Julius W. Karangi*
Comdt, Kenya Defence Staff College/PMTC
- Eastern Africa 2001-2002 ACCORD
Kwezi Mngqibisa
2 Gen Julius W. Karangi*
Comdt, Kenya Defence Staff College/PMTC
- Eastern Africa 2002-2003 ACCORD
Ms. Nicky Hitchcock
3 Gen Julius W. Karangi*
Comdt, Kenya Defence Staff College/PMTC
- Eastern Africa 2003-2004 ACCORD
Lt Col Sam Siyaya (Rtd)
4 Brig Gen Charles Mankatah
- West Africa 2004-2005 ISS
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd)
5 Maj Gen John K Attipoe
- West Africa 2005-2006 ISS
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd)
6 R/Adm AAM Isa
Comdt, NDNC
Brig Gen Alfred Ilogho
Brig Gen Lawrence Ngubane
West Africa 2006-2008 ISS
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd)
7 Mr. Vasu Gounden
Founder/Executive Director, ACCORD
Ms. Yvonne Kasumba Southern Africa 2008-2009 ISS
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd) /
Dr. Tadesse Debaye
8 Brig Gen Robert Kibochi
Comdt, IPSTC
- Eastern Africa 2009-2010 ISS
Brig Gen Marcel Chirwa (Rtd)
9 Amb. Soad Shalaby
Director, CCCPA
- North Africa 2010-2011 Independent
Brig Gen Marcel Chirwa (Rtd)
10 Gen S Sidibe
Director, EMPABB
Prof Modibo Goita West Africa 2011-2012 Independent
Brig Gen Marcel Chirwa (Rtd)
11 Brig Gen Christopher Chellah
- Southern Africa 2012-2013 Independent
Brig Gen Marcel Chirwa (Rtd)/
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd)
12 R/Adm Ndidi Patrick Agholor
Comdt, NDCN
Dr. Istifanus Zabadi
Ms. Julie Sanda
Ms. Aishatu Yanet
West Africa 2013-2014 Independent
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd)
13 Ato Kidane Kiros
Director, IPSS
Ms. Michelle Ntab Ndiaye Eastern Africa 2014-2015 Independent
Col Festus B. Aboagye (Rtd)
Srl Year Region / Member Institution
1 2014-2015 Eastern Africa (IPSS)
2 2015-2016 North Africa (CCCPA)
3 2016-2017 Central Africa (EIFORCES)
4 2017-2018 Southern Africa (region to confirm)
5 2018-2019 West Africa (region to confirm)

The Guidelines for membership can be found here